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Sun, 30 Sep 2001, 05:58 PM

CHICAGO-2 - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





JOLIET, Ill. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Funny Car at the Inaugural NHRA Nationals:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Frank Manzo         5.597 255.24  Q    8 Marc White          5.741 250.78
   (L Bakke     ) 0.494  5.628 251.44  E1   (T Veney     ) 0.463  5.731 249.86
 *****WINNER***** 0.475  5.578 254.62  E2                  0.443  5.743 251.30
White with the starting line advantage and some tire shake, but it didn't matter. Manzo with the quickest pass of the year under the new rules, great pass.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Steve Gasparrelli   5.673 250.00  Q    5 Von Smith           5.692 252.57
   (J Craig     ) 0.489  5.692 250.78  E1   (F Hagen     ) 0.462  5.708 250.51
                  0.388  5.751 244.03  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.464  5.713 246.17
Gasparrelli left to quick and turned on the red light. Smith with a good looking pass, but will give up lane choice to Manzo in the semi-finals.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Kirk Williams       5.722 247.38  Q    2 Jay Payne           5.617 253.33
   (C Cheeseman ) 0.477  5.704 249.44  E1   (T Branch    ) 0.579  5.788 203.16
 *****WINNER***** 0.479  5.737 247.66  E2                  0.520  5.741 248.25
Williams out of the gate first and never looked back to take the win. Payne skated out of the groove over close to the centerline and could not chase Williams down.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Bob Newberry        5.667 250.88  Q   11 Vern Moats          5.881 247.34
   (W Butler    ) 0.588  5.714 248.80  E1   (C Chesterman) 0.554  5.966 243.41
 *****WINNER***** 0.515  5.674 251.53  E2                  0.538  5.740 249.58
Newberry out of the gate first and blast on through for the win. He will have lane choice over Williams in the semi-final.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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